Constitutional ban

Aung San Suu Kyi will not be president of Myanmar after all

Aung San Suu Kyi on March 10, 2016 in Naypyidaw, Burma. (Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)

Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) has confirmed that the Nobel laureate will not become the country’s next president, as a constitutional ban barring her from the presidency because her sons have British passports remains in force. Instead, her party has put forward Htin Kyaw, Suu Kyi’s longtime adviser, as their nominee for the position. Henry Van Thio, an ethnic minority Chin candidate, appears set to become the vice-president — the first time someone from his ethnic group would occupy such a high post in government.

While their pick still needs to be confirmed by the Parliament, this should be a mere formality, as the NLD currently controls nearly eighty percent of the seats. Suu Kyi had previously pledged to rule in a position “above” the presidency — using Htin Kyaw as her proxy, ideally until the military would agree to change the constitutional ban. The iconic leader asked supporters to accept her party’s nominees “gracefully”, calling it “an important step in implementing the desires and expectations of voters who enthusiastically supported the NLD.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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